published Friday, October 19th, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

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    President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan during the Archdiocese of New York's 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala has been a required stop for politicians since the end of World War II. In keeping with tradition, candidates prepare humorous fare for the fundraising event organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York for the benefit of needy children. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

1. CONSULATE ATTACK TIMELINE COMES INTO FOCUS

AP's Kimberly Dozier says the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of the deadly attack that there was evidence it was carried out by militants.

2. A BULLET TRAIN IT IS NOT

But test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph - a 30 mph increase.

3. AIRLINE SAFETY RECORD A MIXED BAG

While it's been more than 3½ years since the last deadly airline crash in the U.S., one consequence of such a remarkable record is the difficulty in imposing new safety rules on the industry.

4. CANDIDATES GET BACK TO BUSINESS

After sharpening their comedic chops at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, Romney campaigns in Daytona Beach, Fla., at 8:30 a.m., and Obama does the same in Fairfax, Va., at 11:45 a.m.

5. BOY SCOUT 'PERVERSION FILES' REVEAL COVER-UPS

According to confidential documents covering a 26-year period, the authorities justified their actions as necessary to protect the good name and good works of Scouting.

6. ALLEGED FED BOMBER GAVE MIXED SIGNALS

Quazi Nafis once told a classmate at a Missouri college that true Muslims don't believe in violence.

7. WHY SANDUSKY IS SEEKING A NEW TRIAL

The ex-Penn State assistant football coach claims his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and the statute of limitations for some abuse charges had expired.

8. NO ONE IS SAFE FROM LA COMAY

This 5-foot-tall character with a foam head painted with outrageous red lips, a shrill voice and a penchant for salacious details rules Puerto Rico's gossip circuit.

9. WHAT NEWSWEEK'S DIGITAL MOVE MEANS

The magazine's decision to stop publishing a print edition after 80 years may be more a commentary on its own problems than a definitive statement on the health of the industry.

10. BROOMS ARE OUT IN MOTOWN

Cincinnati was the last team to sweep the New York Yankees in the playoffs in 1976 and Detroit returns to the World Series for the first time since 2006.

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